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Arts: the week ahead

THE WAR AND PEACE PROJECT Laura “Lola’’ Baltzell and a team of other artists have met every week for the past nine months to make collages from pages of Baltzell’s 1970s Russian edition of Tolstoy’s epic. Pictured: “Collage 69.’’ Now 300 of them are on view. Through Dec. 18, Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., East Boston. www.atlanticworks.org THE WAR AND PEACE PROJECT Laura “Lola’’ Baltzell and a team of other artists have met every week for the past nine months to make collages from pages of Baltzell’s 1970s Russian edition of Tolstoy’s epic. Pictured: “Collage 69.’’ Now 300 of them are on view. Through Dec. 18, Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., East Boston. www.atlanticworks.org
December 9, 2010

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THEATER

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Robert Pemberton and Anne Gottlieb generate plenty of sparks in this superb production of Terrence McNally’s play about a man convinced he has finally found the love of his life and the woman struggling to decide if she feels the same way about him. Through Dec. 19. New Repertory Theatre, Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

BOSSA NOVA Boston-area playwright Kirsten Greenidge touches complex chords of race, class, power, and identity in this fine new drama about a young African-American woman struggling against familial expectations and cultural assumptions. Through Dec. 18. Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven. 203-432-1234, www.yalerep.org

VENGEANCE IS THE LORD’S A taut, morally complex, and utterly absorbing drama by Bob Glaudini, teaming up for the third time with director Peter DuBois, about a divorced couple who are divided between forgiveness and retribution as their daughter’s killer comes up for parole. Through Dec. 12. Presented by Huntington Theatre Company at Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

THE FEVER CHART: THREE VISIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST A stirring and well-acted production of three “dream plays’’ by Naomi Wallace about a mystifying encounter between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian woman in a zoo, a revelation by a Palestinian father to a young Israeli woman about a hidden link between them, and an Iraqi birder’s account of the carnage that resulted from the 1991 Gulf War. Through Dec. 19. Presented by Underground Railway Theater at Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org DON AUCOIN

DANCE BETH SOLL & COMPANY A stalwart of the Boston dance scene from 1971 to 1997, the provocative Soll makes a welcome return with her company in a concert of new works, including the world premiere solo “Tribute,’’ in which Soll addresses the joys and frustrations of communication. The new septet “Restless Geometry’’ explores the mathematical beauty of musical structures from the 17th and 18th centuries. Dec. 11-12. $10-$15. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 212-927-0476, www.bostix.org

THE NUTCRACKER The ambitious little Commonwealth Ballet Company complements its 14 core dancers with more than 75 area children and adults, as well as some stellar guest artists. Featured guest soloists include Anna Liceica, Vitali Krauchenka, Michael Johnson, Lindsay Moncrieff, and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ finalist AdeChike Torbert as the Nutcracker Prince. Dec. 10-12. Regis College’s Casey Theatre, Weston. $20-$35. 978-263-7794, www.commonwealthballet.org

A DANCE IN SOL LEWITT’S “BARS OF COLOR WITHIN SQUARES (MIT)’’ This intriguing site-specific collaboration, conceived and directed by Nell Breyer, brings together a dozen dancers for a free performance that cavorts over Lewitt’s brilliant 5,500-square-foot polychrome terrazzo floor gracing the atrium space off MIT’s Green Center. The U-shaped floor should make for a captivating visual backdrop. Dec. 12, 1 p.m. Free. MIT’s Building 6C, Cambridge. 917-859-3483. Reservations requested, NellBreyer@gmail.com

LES PLAISIRS DE LA PAIX There are too few opportunities to see the choreography of Baroque dance specialist Ken Pierce, so jump on this one. This period instrument and dance entertainment by the Harvard Early Music Society aims to bring Versailles to life with operatic excerpts by Charpentier and Lully that call to mind the disparities between theatrical fantasy and life in the real world. Dec. 9-11. $10-$20. New College Theatre, Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu

KAREN CAMPBELL

GALLERIES

ALLAN ROHAN CRITE: CHRISTMAS IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD WITH A FRIEND Crite, who died at 97 in 2007, was one of the great painters of African-American life, living in and painting the South End. Also on view: works by Theresa India Young. Through Jan. 2. Gallery at the Piano Factory, 791 Tremont St. 617-596-3084, www.galleryatthepianofactory.org

ON LOCATION: DRAWING EVERY DAY The tradition of artist as reporter, the illustrated travelogue, and the resurgence of observational drawing are all celebrated in selections from the sketchbooks of seven artists, including Fred Lynch and Veronica Lawlor. Through Jan. 22. Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. 978-921-4242, ext. 3, www.montserrat.edu/galleries

LOUISA CONRAD: THE WORKERS Conrad spent the past year working at goat and sheep dairies in Vermont, incorporating art practices, such as photography and drawing, into her chores. The reception tonight, from 6-8 p.m., includes a tasting of handmade cheeses and more from Conrad’s farm. Through Jan. 15. Anthony greaney, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0055, www.anthonygreaney.com CATE McQUAID

MUSEUMS

ART OF THE AMERICAS WING The Museum of Fine Arts unveils its massive new wing dedicated to the arts of North, South, and Central America. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

SHEILA HICKS: 50 YEARS A career survey of this inventive textile artist who blurs the lines between sculpture, weaving, painting, design. Through Feb. 27. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4000, www.andover.edu/museums/addison

FRANCES STARK: THIS COULD BECOME A GIMICK [SIC] OR AN HONEST ARTICULATION OF THE WORKINGS OF THE MIND A survey of the collages, videos, and drawings of this restlessly inventive artist with a literary cast of mind. Through Jan. 2. MIT List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.edu

HAROLD REDDICLIFFE: PAINTINGS FROM THREE DECADES Cool but surprisingly involving and technically ravishing paintings of obsolescent projectors, cameras, paper products, and other still life ingredients. Through Jan. 16. Boston University Art Gallery. 617-353-4672, www.bu.edu/art SEBASTIAN SMEE